Debut year a success
The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ tennis team, in its first year as a program, made it to the Northern Nevada Zones.
Unfortunately, when seeded fourth out of four, there is the unenviable task of facing the highest ranked team on the championship bracket which, in this case, was Reno High School.
The Truckee girls’ team accepted the challenge and nearly conquered the 4A school that is more than twice the size of Tahoe-Truckee High School.
Reno High finished first in the tournament, but struggled with the young and inexperienced Truckee team, eking by with a narrow 13-9 1/2 win.
Truckee’s loss came down to the final two matches, a tribute to the team.
Sandra Brunner, an exchange student from Zurich, Switzerland, is Truckee’s only individual advancing to the state championship tournament. She was undefeated in all her matches this season. Brunner only lost one set, late in the tournament to last year’s runner-up for state champion, Stacy May of Reno.
Several other players for Truckee fared well at the tournament.
Lindsay Borghello won two matches and advanced to the quarterfinals where she was defeated and eliminated from the state championship by the No. 2 seeded player in the tourney.
Michelle Stock and Jenny Schaefer teamed up for wins in the second round of the team play, defeating, in a true upset, the No. 2 team. Stock and Schaefer also advanced to the second round of the zone individuals before being eliminated by the first-seeded team.
Jaime Morton-Holly and Shelly Ratto also did well, calculating a win against the third-ranked team in the team zones. The two were eliminated in the first round of the individual zones.
Heather Thym also won in the second round of the team zones.
“Everyone seemed to be playing to their highest level,” said Truckee girls’ Head Coach Laura Borghello. “It’s amazing to go to zones in the first year. We have great hopes that they’ll do even better next year. It’s been a really successful season.”
Brunner will begin state competition tomorrow.
The Wolverine boys’ team could not muster the heroics of the girls’ team, losing in the zones to the Reno boys, 18 1/2-4.
Steve Seitz won a singles match for the team.
Aaron Borghello and Nick Ratto claimed a doubles win, as did Chris Schindler and John Parker.
All the players chosen for the Individual Zones were eliminated in the first round.
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